Preparing Communications for Emergency Situations

Day-to-Day Wearables and Things to Carry

medical alert deviceA medical alert system for situations when a phone is out of reach (e.g., fall while in the shower, forgot cellphone). A non-profit resource Aging in Place provides a more thorough guide for what to look for when purchasing a medical alert system and a comprehensive list of devices and their features.

A Medical Alert bracelet

A pocket/wallet ID card. The ALS Association provides a ready-to-print copies and we have hard stock printed ones available.

The ALS Association Key Medical Information app, available from Google Play or Apple’s App Store, stores emergency information on your smart phone.

Documents to Print and Have Available During an Emergency

Keep an “In case of emergencies…” script on you or by the telephone. Develop this with your Speech Therapist.

Post information for emergency responders, such as this 911 information sheet.

Print, edit, and use this guide for healthcare personnel.

9-1-1 Dispatch Communications using Landline and Cellphone PREPARATION (prior to emergency)

Contact your non-emergency police line and to alert your 9-1-1 dispatcher:

If calling from Landlines or Cellphones:  that you have difficulty communicating. If you were to call 9-1-1, a message would alert the dispatcher to your difficulties right away.

Click Here For Washington Counties Contact List

Cell Phones: You can also call your local non-emergency line and ask them if they can record your cell phone number and physical address (as well as inform them of any difficulties).  So if you were to call from a particular cell phone, and they cannot find your address, they know to go to your house address your provided.

Alternatively, Smart 911 enables you to register and set up a profile that will be seen by emergency personnel if you call 911 from your cell phone. You can include communication difficulties, as well as other medical conditions. You can check your zip code on the website. It is free to register.

SMS/Text: Also, if you can text message, you can alert 911 via text.  Not areas offer the same emergency services so please ask in your local area.

Special Thanks to University of Washington Speech Therapy Department for creating and consolidating much of this information.